Cannon’s Birthday- Part Deux

WARNING this post is photo intensive!

Well, this is part two from Cannon’s birthday. I almost posted the cute picture of him again but decided not to. You have to go here to see it. http://mariesegal.blogspot.com/2010/04/cannons-birthday.html

I added the characters to a grass pad that is about 1/2 block of Cernit Green and 1/2 Light Green marbled together or 2.2 ounces total.

They seem to like sitting on the grass, it is probably way better than that foil covered cardboard.

 Next I made the letters for Cannon’s name. They are just rolled out coils that are about 3/16″ to 1/4″ in diameter bent in to the letter shapes. I lay the letters on to the grass to see if they will all fit well before pressing them in to place.


 I decided when I laid the letters out that I would like them better if they were elevated a little from the base.

So I rolled out  1/2″ coil of the green colored clay and place the coil across the front of the base.

I pressed only on the front of the coil when I pressed it down so that it would be lower in the front than in the back.

I then placed the letters on top of that coil and gently pressed them in to place.

 I have a rubber stamp with my name on it. I stamped this in to the light green and placed it against the blue monster. Then dated it with marking ’10 on it.

I placed a cone of yellow and red together and twisted them together then rolled that cone on my work area to smooth it to make the party hat.

The top of the party hat is just little tiny cones placed on the tip of the hat.


I added a giant  number one to the blue monsters right side, he holds this with his hand.

Here is the way it all looks with the additions.

I am going to add some more things now.

I added a package and tied it with a bow.

I added another package with a bow and a banner to write on to the front of the letters.


 Then another long rectangle package to the side where the baby bird is and then added a purple ribbon and a bow to that!

Here is the finished piece and it is baked. I have written on the banner and this also a better glimpse of the colors.

A closer look!

The back side of the piece and the blue and red monsters too.

This is the piece from the top and the right side of it.

This is the front and a closer look at the characters.

This is another view.

I signed the bottom from all of us.

 A final look, a birds eye view.

Happy 1st Birthday Little Cannon.

Have a wonderful day!

The size of the base is 5″ across and the height of the piece is about 3 1/2″.

The weight of the piece is 10 ounces that is almost 5 blocks of clay.


5 Responses to “Cannon’s Birthday- Part Deux”

  1. April 17, 2010 at 5:11 am

    Awww ~ ~ Cannon is a cutie , love the pic. You did a great job on the characters , they really came to life and those small details you added really made the whole piece come together. It’s a wonderful work of art.

    ~ Happy Birthday Blessings to Cannon ~

  2. April 16, 2010 at 7:53 am

    This is came out awesome! They are going to be thrilled.
    Did you have this design/layout planned out first or does this just evolve while you work on it?
    Love, Tina G.

    • April 16, 2010 at 11:09 am

      LOL I love the picture of Cannon, he is just a doll.
      The characters are about 3 1/2″ Tall and the base is 5″ across.
      Thank you! I am glad they made you chuckle, chuckling- good!!

    • April 16, 2010 at 11:14 am

      I had a plan, but didn’t know all of the characters I was going to use. At first I was going to make them sitting in a big circle with an open center area, but I changed after I started the first one. Who knows really, it just evolves as I go really. It just didn’t feel right being in a circle. I am kind of in a trance like- state as I am making them, so it is hard to remember exactly how it went. I am sure you know that feeling, right??
      Just making, making, making!!

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